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Studio One: Away from it all - John Peyser

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"Studio One"
Away from it all (1950)
Director: John Peyser
Writers: Val Gielgud, Worthington Miner
Original Air Date: 25 September 1950 (Season 3, Episode 5)
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Catherine McLeod

This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV

Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Studio One; Classic TV; Kinescope; Live TV; Kevin McCarthy; Westinghouse; 1950; Worthington Miner

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Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 15, 2012
Subject: Television
Not bad, but not great. There are better episodes of this series. But I do like the commercials a lot, including the one for the TV set!
Reviewer: I_loved_this movie! - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 29, 2011
Subject: Very weak Shangri La
This story borrowed the theme of Lost Horizon. The ending was very weak. This guy who had retreated from the insanity of modern militarized society, who didn't know about WWII, let alone the atomic bomb, had preferred to be presumed dead by the world for 11 years, and planned to keep his visitors hostage for life on his little Shangri La, just gives in without any protest when the navy arrives and declares they're going to blast to hell his island, which he legally purchased as his personal property, with insane nuclear testing.
If he had told them to get the hell off his island, or better yet taken them hostage in demand that they leave his island alone, then it would have been a story worth watching.
Reviewer: richgoup - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 28, 2011
Subject: Away From It All (Studio One).
Seaason 3, episode 5,
Original air date: 25 September 1950.
A Navy pilot on a flight over the Pacific Ocean with a female crewmate develops trouble over a remote island and is forced to ditch his plane into the ocean. When they land on the island, they`re astounded to discover it contains a lavish estate, upon which a group of wealthy but bored high-society types live in self-imposed exile from the world. Their leader informs the crew that he intends to keep them captive on the island, but the pilot is equally intent on getting himself and his crewmate of the island and back to civilisation.
Cast: Kevin McCarthy (Lt. Johnny Quayle), Catherine McCleod (Sgt. Shirley Marsh), Worthington Miner (Hugo Bastin), Haila Stoddard (Gloria Selwyn), Faith Brook (Edith Bastin), Luis Van Rooten (Stefan Baum), Jim Nolan (Dan Delaney), Ernest Rowan (Dr. Matzen), Rick Hollister (Lt. Grant), Kaie Deeie (Seu) and Betty Furness (Herself- Commercial spokeswoman).
From IMDB.
Reviewer: cosmico - - October 9, 2010
Subject: Betty Furness!
The lady in the commercial is the late Betty Furness, whose main claim to fame was for this very thing: doing TV commercials. Nobody could open a refrigerator door like her!
Reviewer: jazzfan - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 9, 2010
Subject: Nice Review
I'll give it a try. Thank you.
Reviewer: mysticx0 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 27, 2010
Subject: Great!
HINT: The sound loses its synch with the video as it plays so every now and then just click the bar and it will re-align itself!

Very Twilight Zone-ish.

I'll break it down in quarters:

Part 1:
Slow start, seems kind of forced for the first few minutes but definitely hit its stride. by the end of the 15 minute mark you know what is going on and are introduced to the first dilema, which i wont spoil. Soon, the plot thickens and we are introduced to all the islands inhabitants. Hugo Bassen (Worthington Miner, producer of the Studio One series) steals every scene he is in, he is very well spoken and his dialogue is well written. at about 20 minutes we are given the Jack Webb/Dragnet style speech about fear and the world's problems and overcoming them and it is well done. Sexual Tension starts to show itself...part 1 ends at 21:30

Commercial: "One Hand Behind Her Back" with Betty (??? Cant make the name out). Its about how easy it is to use a Westinghouse TV and the "miracle of "synchro-tuning".

Part 2:
24:10 back to the show. The story unfolds nicely with some good dialogue and it seems both sexes on the island are "on the hunt". Hugo Bassen's background is revealed to be kind of Jim Jones-like and his people on the island are not very happy. more sexual tension. the protagonists anger Hugo and then later Hugo overhears something he is not going to like. commercial break at 41:00.

Commercial: "Stop" with Betty again. She wants to prevent people from believing the claims of any other company besides Westinghouse because their defrost system is the shiz. The first "green" refrigerator also lol amazing.

Part 3:
44:00 back to the show. Hugo confronts everyone with his very direct, fearless style before seemingly ending all hope. this character is cool! if you can say Hugo has a soft side its shown here. Hugo just wants his Utopia dammit lol! Cant say anymore or I will ruin it but the ending has a cool twist. Things gets wrapped up miraculously fast and it ends at 56:30. Personally, I didnt see this ending coming, like I said its very Twilight Zone-ish.

Commercial: Westinghouse home tour with Mrs Roger Adams of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The living room looks cool, Im liking the fire place.

Very cool to watch, I recommend it to everyone, seems very relevant to today; not dated at all.

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